A horseshoe-shaped island due to the collapsed caldera, Genovesa is situated in the northeastern waters of the archipelago. Isolated and uninhabited, this small and remarkably pristine island is filled to the brim with wildlife—on land, in the sky, and under the water. Probably best known for its enormous bird colonies, it’s one of the few islands where visitors can see the red‑footed boobies en masse which has earned it the name “Bird Island." But below the water’s surface is just as magical. Due to its location, these northern waters are home to some of the archipelago’s larger marine species—hammerhead sharks, large parrotfish, sea turtles, rays, sea lions, among others. Throw on a provided wet suit (waters are still chilly) and make sure not to miss this incredible opportunity to observe life under the water in Darwin Bay.
Photo: Michael S. Nolan